03 Mar Episode 47 Happy Healthy Body
Happy Healthy Body with Belinda Byrnes
Living a healthy, happy life is directly linked to the way we are feeling about ourselves and what food we consume. Belinda is a mother of two and has a background as a personal trainer and fitness instructor. She will tell us more about herself in terms of why she ended up on the nutritional and naturopathy path. Also, she will be able to myth-bust some of the health issues and give examples of what you should have on a happy, healthy diet.
Finding Cure in Naturopathy
Belinda got herself curious on naturopathy when she got a skin disease and couldn’t be cured by antibiotics and other topical solutions that her doctor prescribed her. It was only when she went to see a naturopath that completely healed her skin within two weeks. The naturopath gave her herbs and made a few changes in her diet. Because of this, she got interested in a more holistic approach to health and well-being and decided to study nutrition and naturopathy.
What She Thinks of Vegan Diet
She believes that you can be 100% vegan but still unhealthy, but you can also be vegan but extremely healthy if you’re doing it right. Since you’re cutting out on food groups, your diet needs to be well-planned. In one article, she found out that there was a study contributing to why the lower economic classes are switching to vegan diets. The reason is they can’t afford to buy meat or fish. For her, the basis of any healthy diet, whether you eat meat or not, you have to eat enough fresh foods.
Are Smoothie Bowls Healthy?
Belinda thinks that smoothies are a perfectly good option and better than the standard kind of breakfast option that most people take daily. But the issue lies with what you put in the smoothies, like veggies, nuts or seeds instead of the sugary granola toppings. You should also cut down dairy foods.
Healthy Eating Habits
Eating enough vegetables and drinking enough water are foremost in maintaining healthy eating habits. The rest is secondary. She advises you to eat more vegetables, and you’ll be healthy. Drink lots of water. As a minimum, you should drink 13mils of water per kilogram of body weight. A drop of 2% in hydration levels is enough to stop you from sleeping properly, concentrating, and will reduce your energy levels.
For moms, it’s a bit of a challenge to get their kids to eat vegetables, but you need to find strategies to let them do it. Leading by example as parents is a necessary thing to do to carry out this routine.
Listen to Your Body
We get mixed messages from our body because of our daily diet. We don’t know what we are lacking because we are not sure what our body is trying to tell us. But we’re not getting the right help either. When we are not feeling well, and we go to the doctor, he will prescribe us medicines. And in two years, you might be taking the same tablet because of the side effects of that tablet initially given to you. And then, you will realize you need to stop eating dairy foods, and you’ll feel better.
Changing your Lifestyle and Diet
Belinda suggests making a single change in your diet by having a green smoothie every morning for breakfast. So that whatever you eat for the rest of the day, at least you started with fruits and vegetables. If you have the smoothie on water, have it on 500mils of water before you do anything else. You might not see much changes in four to five days. But if you do this for a month or two, you’ll notice you’re not only becoming healthier, but you’re also making better choices in your diet.
“If you want to make one single change, start with having a green smoothie every morning for breakfast.”
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